Friday, 16 April 2021

Welsh UFO Sightings - Sources

Welsh UFO Sightings

AKA the sources I've been using to collate my historical UFO Sightings posts. I'll doubtlessly add to this post as I get more stuff read and annotated.

In alphabetical order, I've got sections on:

★ BUFORA
★ CONTACT
★ FSR
★ MARGARET-ELLEN FRY
★ MOD
★ PETER PAGET
★ PRESS
★ RANDALL JONES PUGH
★ SUFON
★ OTHER - aka the journals I've finished reading through.



BUFORA Logo

BUFORA

British UFO Research Association began life as LUFORA (London UFO Research Association) back in 1959. They quickly branched out to become a kind of co-ordinating body, holding lectures and conferences, training investigators to cover cases across the country, and consistently publishing print newsletters and journals. 

They certainly saw themselves as the respectable face of the UFO phenomena, and generally took a fairly sceptical approach to reports. My 'favourite' era for the journal is probably early to mid 1970s when they took to finding solutions for sightings reported in the previous issue as a basis for content, but being wholly reliant on volunteer contributions the quality understandably waxed and waned over the decades. 

I particularly enjoyed the letter pages which chart the rise and fall of various friendships among well known names in UK UFO research. From a Welsh perspective it's especially interesting to follow Randall Jones Pugh's increasing unease with the topic, culminating in a magnificent flounce from the scene, and a collection of rather testy back and fore communications between Jenny Randles and Marion Sunderland of Meonia psychic questing fame.

All of BUFORA's content is now digitised and available on their website, https://bufora.org.uk/



Contact International

CONTACT

Contact International described itself as 'a worldwide, non-profit making educational movement devoted to UFO research and the promotion of greater awareness working towards the universal friendship and truth.' The UK arm produced some must read publications including the UFO Register, which collected and classified sighting reports, looking for data trends, and Awareness journal.

It began as the International Sky Scouts association, aimed at the younger demographic, but over the years developed into a nationwide investigative group to rival BUFORA. Their publications have been digitised and are hosted online at the AFU (Archive for the Unexplained).



Flying Saucer Review

FLYING SAUCER REVIEW

FSR was established in 1955 and still describes itself as 'the leading international organ in the world on the subject.' Its focus is generally more academic and 'worthy' than other publications and, as such, I found my own read through something of a slog.   

All the same, it's an invaluable source for various Welsh cases - Machynlleth in 1975, Broadhaven in 1977, Llanerchymedd in 1978, etc.

Most issues up to 2000 or so are available free on Kindle Unlimited.



Margaret Fry

MARGARET-ELLEN FRY

There are prolific researchers, and then there's Margaret Fry! Margaret saw her first UFO in 1955 and went on to become heavily involved with investigation, first for BUFORA, then CONTACT, and later for the group she co-founded, the Welsh Fellowship of Independent Investigators. (I made the executive decision to put all Fry's reports as CONTACT in my blog listings.) 

Ever since moving to north Wales from Kent, Margaret has been one of the heavyweights of Welsh UFO research. Even early on she was convinced of the need to share reports as far and wide as possible, so many journals, including NUFON (Northern UFO News), etc, have carried reports by Fry at one point or another. 

Other than journal trawling, you can find write ups of the more memorable cases Fry has researched in her books, Who Are They? and Link To The Stars.



Ministry of Defence

The Ministry of Defence began a five year rolling disclosure project in 2008, releasing 209 files - containing some 52,000 pages of information - about UFOs to the National Archives. Most of the interesting stuff, to be honest, had already been declassified under the 30 year rule or else released under Freedom of Information requests. 

What was left consisted largely of internal notes ('I bought a copy of Nick Pope's book in WHSmith to make notes for the press release, here's the receipt for reimbursement') and rather dull reports of lights in the sky. Seriously, reading most MOD reports you'd be forgiven for thinking everyone was just ringing in about Venus or aircraft tail lights. It is only when you match the report up with press articles or investigation summaries with more detail that you remember that, actually, people only bother making reports when they see something weird.

The other thing to remember is that, historically at least, most people reported sightings to their local police force or RAF base. Whether or not that was forwarded on is kind of hit and miss. Luckily, for Welsh researchers, Gwent Police at least were always into the weird and wonderful - even as far back as the Cwmbran ghost of 1884 - and routinely sent them into MOD. 

My overall assessment of the files is that if the UK government does know anything about UFOs, it's well above Nick Pope's pay grade!

The records at the National Archives are now behind a paywall. Read them for free instead at Alien UFO Research or The Black Vault.



Peter Paget

PETER PAGET

Peter Paget lead something of a double life for many years, working as a researcher, author and lecturer on a range of topics, all while being part of the British Intelligence Community. His 2016 book Life of a Spook reveals some of the work he was involved in, and provides background context for his UFO research.

In the 1970s he and his wife Jane founded the Fountain Centre in Warminster - home to the infamous 1960s UFO flap - and established the Fountain Journal. He wrote one of the key books on the 1977 flap - The Welsh Triangle - as well as UFO UK which collated cases from around the country.

Both have recently been updated and are now available on Kindle Unlimited. For up to date info, check out his website, peterpaget.com.



News

PRESS

Local newspapers are the jackpot as far as little known UFO sightings are concerned. Accessing them is easier said than done, especially with so many physical archives off limits at the moment. 

Nevertheless, the AFU (Archive for the Unexplained) has collections of UFO related press clippings, and the National Library of Wales has a searchable collection of digitised newspapers dating between 1804 and 1919. Later newspapers are searchable via the British Newspaper Archives, though the content is mostly stuck behind paywalls. Sometimes stories were picked up by Australian or American newspapers which, ironically, are now more accessible to us.



Western Mail - Randall Jones Pugh

RANDALL JONES PUGH

In the mid 1970s Randall Jones Pugh was a vet approaching retirement and keen to put time into his interest in UFOs. He joined BUFORA and became an active investigator, making connections that made him the go-to man during the 1977 'Welsh Triangle' flap. When a number of Broad Haven Primary School pupils saw a craft and 'entity' on Friday 4th February 1977, Pugh was involved by late afternoon.

At this distance he can seem overly credulous, backing up fantastical reports made by children, but when you dig into his contemporary output a different picture starts to emerge. He rubbishes claims of animal mutilation in the BUFORA journal, for instance, calling on decades of veterinary experience to explain what had happened to the horses in question. 

From early on it's clear that Pugh was uneasy about the relationship between UFOs and his religious beliefs. By the early 1980s he became convinced UFOs were agents of the devil and he went on to burn all his papers and research.

The book he co-authored with F.W. Holiday, The Dyfed Engima: Unidentified Flying Objects in West Wales, is long out of print and can command more money than I've so far been willing to pay... I have read it before, so until I pick one up cheap or suck it up and pay I'll just have to rely on his BUFORA reports and similar.



SUFON Logo

SUFON

Swansea UFO Network was founded in 2015 and has since turned its focus Wales-wide. They organise regular conferences - video footage is up on YouTube - and their website hosts a massive database of 1119 Welsh sightings, many of them unavailable elsewhere.

When I first came across it, not long after starting my own UFO project, it seemed like all the work I had put in so far was a total waste of time. But their database is still very much a work in progress, so I figure there's more than enough room for both.

Check them out at sufon.co.uk
  




OTHER

AKA, keeping track of which journals, magazines, and so on I've read and made notes on.

★ Abduction Watch.
★ Alien Optimum.
★ Alpha.
★ Amskaya.
★ Area S1.
Lantern.
★ Magonia.
NUFON.
★ OVNI.
★ Pulsar.
★ Skywatch.
★ Spacelink.
★ SUFOG.
★ SUNlite.
★ WATSUP.



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Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Welsh UFO Sightings 1993

Welsh UFO Sightings

Welsh UFO sightings from 1993. For sightings from other years please click HERE.



MOD FILES
Wednesday 13th January, 01:40
Llanedi

1.40 AM. Very windy. Two witnesses, a husband and wife, were in bed at home in Llanedi, near Pontarddulais, when they were woken up by a blue light which flashed when airborne and became very bright when landed about 200 yards away. It also hovered, creating a floodlight, which they watched from the bedroom window. It is unclear from the report if they saw it before it landed, or afterwards, or both. There was no sound or smell. Duration of sighting: 5 minutes.



PRESS
Friday 16th January, 22:00
Ynysddu, Gwent

Mr Parsons, a gardening contractor, observed a UFO whilst walking his dog at 22:00 at Ynysddu, north of Cardiff. He described it as a big orange round glow that moved slightly one way around Wattsville Mountain, then seemed to circle back. He reported it to the police who investigated but found no explanation.

The South Wales Argus reported that Mike Parsons of Glenview, Ynysddu was taking his dog for a walk when he spotted a large orange and red light hovering in the sky. He stated that the large object was:

".... perfectly round and about 15 feet in diameter. It couldn't have been a plane's lights because it was too big. It moved across the sky one way and went out of sight behind some trees before coming back. There was a big red glow and then it went black", said Mike.

Blackwood police confirmed that they had received reports of a strange light in the area.

At 23:00 Mrs J. Hurford from Ty Sign, Risca, later reported having seen the same object, hovering by the mountain for a long time. Her letter was published in the South Wales Argus of February 17th:

On Saturday, January 16, at approximately 11pm I went to draw the curtains and saw this huge round red object tinged with orange behind the trees on the crest of the mountain. It was very strange, it was there for a long while and it was really massive.

I told my family at the time, and made a joke about it, saying perhaps it was from outer space, but I didn't see any little men about. ... I hope Mr Parsons will now feel better, knowing someone else also saw it at the same time, same night.

Leyton Williams-Davies of BUFORA was contacted by Gwent Police and determined the object was, in fact, Venus.

South Wales Argus 02/02/1993



CONTACT
Sunday 17th January, 21:30
Trefnant, Clwyd

At around 9.30pm, near the disused rail tracks at Trefnant, Roger Jones was travelling by car on the A525, in an area of scrubland, he became aware of lights where there were usually none. He noticed a pedestrian looking intently at the lights, but was unable to immediately stop due to another car being behind. Mr Jones had to turn the car round, and when he returned to the spot, he saw a self-lit helmet-shaped object approximately 30m from a farmhouse. 

The witness turned off the main road, and onto a farm track to get closer to the object, but he found two other parked cars in the way. Light rippled over this object, which had two rows of square windows in what seemed to be a darker main body. A bright searchlight scanned the ground beneath, going around the lower perimeter. Another car came into the lane, but Mr Jones did not attempt to speak to the other likely witnesses, as he was already late for a concert that he was performing in, so he reluctantly reversed back into the main road and drove off.

Margaret Fry submitted this report to Awareness V21/N2.



BUFORA
Friday 22nd January, 22:00
Wattsville

Mrs B from Wattsville spotted a bright red light flooding through the curtains. Her husband and her son saw it too. The object did exactly the same circuit around the mountain as that seen by Mike Parsons on January 16th.

Leyton Williams-Davies of BUFORA determined the object was Venus.

Caerphilly Chronicle 25/03/1993



CONTACT
Friday 29th January, 17:35
Bodfari Moel Parc, Clwyd

Mr and Mrs Evans, and their two sons were in a car travelling to Denbigh at about 5.35pm, past the TV mast on Moel Arthur, when the eldest son excitedly shouted from the back of the car. They all saw a very bright yellow object, slowly moving away from beside the mast, and moving up it until it seemed to position itself on top of the mast. They all had a very clear view of the object, which had very clear darker orange lines visible across it, defining an almost cockpit-like shape. The object suddenly vanished, as if it had been switched off.

*Margaret was unable to visit the site at night, but notes that it was the second sighting at the same spot in just over a month, and challenges the likes of Paul Devereux to explain the sightings away as ball lightning or earthlights. Unknown to the Evans family, there had been another car following, whose occupants also saw the object at the TV mast.*

Margaret Fry submitted her report to Awareness V21/N2.



BUFORA
March 8th and March 9th, 18:30
Croesyceiliog, Cwmbran

Mr Cox, a retired gas fitter, spotted a brilliant light over Croesyceiliog, Cwmbran, with neighbours. The following night he saw it again, this time shooting 30 minutes of film with his video camera, including an aircraft passing in front and under 36x enlargement. The object remained in view until 20:00 when the sky clouded over and obscured it. He passed the video over to Gwent Police who admitted to being 'amazed' by the footage.

The video was then shown to astronomers in Cardiff who identified the 'UFO' as Venus. The same conclusion was drawn by Leyton Williams-Davies of BUFORA who was contacted by Gwent Police to look into the matter. Williams-Davies' short report on the affair was published in Northern UFO News #161, June 1993.

Cwmbran Star 19/03/1993

South Wales Echo

The Monmouthshire Free Press of March 19th 1993 also carried the story, as did the South Wales Echo (March 10th, March 11th) and the South Wales Argus (March 10th, March 11th, March 22nd, April 1st).



PRESS
March
Meliden

Rhyl and Prestatyn Visitor



MOD FILES
Wednesday 31st March, 01:10
Various Locations

Two bright lights were seen travelling in parallel across the night sky. Sighting reports poured in from across Ireland, Wales and the West Country, and is believed to have been the spent rockets from the launch of a Russian cosmos 2238 satellite.

Read on for reports - 

At Moelfre, Abergele, wrote Margaret Fry to Awareness V21/N2: "Harry Bartrum, and his friends Malcolm and Frank, were at a mobile home park near Moelfre, and had heard the radio reports, so were scanning the skies. They saw two large lights crossing the sky, which were reported as emitting blue beams."
 
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Cardigan and Tivyside Advertiser, 02/04/1993

At Rhos-y-Rhandir, Welshpool, Margaret Fry told Awareness V21/N2: "At around l.00am, in a clear sky with a bright moon, the witness saw two large, bright lights travelling in line abreast moving from NW to SE. Trails were visible from each of the lights, which were larger than aircraft lights, and were steady, and made no noise, despite being quite low. The two lights had been in sight for about 2 minutes. The witness did not relish reporting her sighting, despite hearing the radio reports of similar objects over Ireland and South-West England that same night."

At Treharris Police Station, Perrot Street, near Merthyr, multiple police officers saw two bright white circular objects, flying low as they travelled slowly overhead. The sighting lasted some two to two and a half minutes. 




NUFON
April, 15:45
Dee Estuary, Flintshire

The following report was published in Northern UFO News #177 (October 1997):

Mr G had been metal detecting on the beach and was on the promenade leaning on the railings looking south west across the Dee Estuary towards Flintshire in North Wales.

It was 15.45 on a clear day when he spotted an object moving between fluffy clouds and heading westwards towards Point of Ayr. It had an elongated shape but was neither an obvious aircraft nor a helicopter and moved too fast for an airship. Suddenly, whilst over the estuary the object changed direction and plunged at a 40 degree angle into the sea. It fell into the water but left no trail of smoke.

Mr G was at first convinced he had seen a plane go down but there were no such reports in the media and now he is baffled by what he did witness. Readers of 'Alien Contact' (the first book with that title in 1981!) will recall that Gaynor Sunderland - star witness in these Flintshire close encounters that this book describes - had a rather similar experience from near her home in Flint as a child. 

However, she was able to see that the object that fell into the estuary clearly was an aircraft. Checks later revealed that a plane had indeed gone down here - but during World War Two. This provoked the speculation as to whether Gaynor had witnesses a timeslip replay of this historic event. On the other hand - as the book further shows - this part of the North Wales coast is awash with UFO activity.

Intriguingly, there are obvious similarities here with the UFOs seen (and March 1997 'sky crash') above Dark Peak east of Glossop. As we have reported in the last two issues this area is also filled with sightings of a crashing aircraft that 'replays' a May 1945 event.



NUFORC
June
Neyland, Pembrokeshire

Date of sighting is approximate. The sighting lasted a few minutes.

The orange light passed directly over the house, humming and vibrating the window frame. It travelled north slowly. I was unable to get out of bed. An orange light moved over my house from south to north, there was a low humming sound, the object moved quite slowly... perhaps 20mph.

The memory of this only surfaced recently, after I heard a conversation between two other witnesses. I have since heard a story about a ufo that apparently travelled through Wales, across the Bristol channel to Cornwall, turned around and retraced it's path back north. I have been searching for collaboration for months, this feels like a memory that is somehow partly erased, this I don't understand as I'm a very observant person.

Source: UFO Hunters citing NUFORC. Uploaded by witness on 4th February 2002.



CONTACT
July 8th, 23:30
Rhosneigr, Anglesey

At 11.30pm, the witness had finished work in a hotel, and had gone out into his garden to relax, and perhaps watch any aircraft flying from nearby RAF Valley, so he is quite familiar with low flying aircraft. 

On this occasion he noticed a bright light flying low, thinking it was a helicopter, but as it came overhead it was grey and totally soundless. The witness then saw the grey object was followed closely by a golden ball, and both flew over him and continued out of sight to the East. 

The witness wrote to Patrick Moore, and Jodrel Bank radiotelescope, to report his sighting, but perhaps not surprisingly got no response.

Margaret Fry submitted this report to Awareness V21/N3. Possibly the case mentioned in this clipping from the Wales on Sunday:

Wales on Sunday 22/08/1994



MOD FILES
Thursday August 5th, 21:00
Llanelli

The witness was outside and saw a flashing green light in the clear sky, which rotated then stopped and flashed green and red. The witness viewed the object with binoculars and thought the lights were on a structured craft. It darted around the sky in a random manner.

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MOD FILES
Sunday August 8th, 04:00 - 04:30
Newport

It was a cold clear night with few clouds when two friends saw three soft green, ball shaped glowing objects. They observed the object with the naked eye and through binoculars for some eight to ten minutes, moving at a steady course, on an east-west bearing, at a 70-degree elevation, about half mile plus away.

Witness reported sighting to RAF St. Athan, noting that initially he thought they might be seeing satellites. He went on to say that he thought it interesting that ten minutes later three 'jet' aircraft flew by fairly low, displaying blue and red flashing lights.

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PRESS
Thursday 12th August
Swansea

Lorraine Fox, her children Neville and Sarah, and Diane Jones and her son Nicholas were travelling in Lorrain’s car, a C reg. Rover. They had spent an evening in Mumbles and were returning home to Carmarthen. Just after leaving Swansea, travelling down Carmarthen Road, Lorraine was the first to spot an object in the sky.

“I noticed it round about the Smiths factory although there was a lot of street lighting. At first I thought it was car lights. It was a circle of light on the right of the car. It didn’t seem to be moving around, but as the car moved it seemed to move with us. When we got to the motorway it was still there so I said to Diane: ‘Can you see what I can see?’ It came into the car, lighting up the inside so I thought somebody had turned the light in the car on and I went to turn it off. It was very bright and yet we were not straining our eyes,” she said.

It finally left them at Llanddarog.

“It shone on to the children, they said it seemed to come down on to them,” said Lorraine. When they arrived home, they discovered that they had made the journey in just 26 minutes. This, they say, is impossible, particularly as they had taken a detour through Swansea.” Lorraine said she had not been speeding.

Despite a badly-fitting car door, the car seemed to travel along without any sound. After the journey there was a strange smell around the car.

The following day they found they had unusual symptoms. Both women had earache, Diane had swollen eyes, 15-year-old Neville had burn marks under his watch strap and 10-year-old Sarah had a rash on her chest. Since their experience, the children have been too frightened to go to bed and the women say they feel they have been suffering from shock.

They would all like to believe that what they saw was part of a laser light show taking place that night in Crosshands, but, when they reached the area, the lightshow and the light that followed them from Swansea were different.

Source: Wales On Sunday, 22nd August 1993 – report by Caroline Evans.

Wales on Sunday



CONTACT
August 16th, 20:45
Prestatyn

At 8.45pm, Ms Karen Armitage, and her friend Mr R Archer-Jones, both witnessed an object at the TV mast on Prestatyn mountain. Mr Archer-Jones was very precise in his report, which does differ from that of Ms Armitage, but it should be stressed that he saw it before her attention was drawn to it. 

The two witnesses had been in a car outside one of their houses, when Mr Archer-Jones saw an object something like an egg-shape, but with the top broke off, it was white with green streaks in it, and it was falling slowly. Ms Armitage was alerted by her friend's exclamation, and she saw a bright fiery red/orange ball falling quickly. Either they saw two different objects, and the sketches indicate they were in a different place, or the one object had changed shape dramatically within a couple of seconds. 

The two friends stayed up later in the night to watch the predicted Perseid meteor shower, which looked nothing like the object they has seen earlier that evening.

Ms Armitage had witnessed a metallic hatshaped object in 1970 while living in the Wirral.

*As a follow up to this event, Margaret Fry and Mr Archer-Jones were invited onto a BBC Wales programme, but the witness chose to call his sighting 'a meteor', being uncomfortable with the concept of it being a true UFO.*

Margaret Fry submitted this report to Awareness V21/N3.



MOD FILES
August 26th
Anglesey

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NUFON
August 29th, 22:30
Clwyd

Light in the sky.



MOD FILES
August 30th
Plocaenog Forest

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MOD FILES
August 31st, 18:40
Cwmdu, Black Mountains

Witness was sat outdoors when they saw a large black object in the clear sky. It moved steadily overhead, accompanied by a high pitched sound. The sighting was reported to Brecon Police.

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MOD FILES
Thursday 2nd September, 20:30
Penarth

A witness located indoors on Penarth Head, saw a large and long, bright gold coloured object in the cloudy sky. The sightings lasted for 5 seconds, with the object moving steadily over the Bristol Channel.



CONTACT
September (Sunday - so 5th, 12th, 19th or 26th), afternoon
Conway Estuary, Gwynedd

Douglas Braisby was on the shore at Deganwy on a clear sunny Sunday afternoon, watching all the boats bobbing in the water, when he saw what looked like a giant shiny silver coin standing on its edge, which remained stationary for over 20 minutes.

Margaret Fry submitted this report to Awareness V21/N3.



MOD FILES
Saturday 25th September


Witness saw a white oval shaped UFO. It moved slowly across the sky for two minutes, then changed direction and picked up speed, finally disappearing out of sight after three or four minutes.

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CONTACT
September
Rhos-on-Sea, Clwyd

The witness, a retired man, was walking along the North Shore Road. It was a clear, sunny, but windy day, and to his amazement he saw what in his words was a 'flying bedstead'. It was oblong, with a squat leg at each corner, and was silver all over, but seemed to have a trellis-like pattern over its surface.

*Margaret Fry had an almost identical report from a retired Naval Officer in June 1993, who lived in the Wirral.*

Margaret Fry submitted this report to Awareness V21/N3.



SUFON
November, 19:00
Townhill, Swansea

7 PM one evening, conditions dark with street lighting on, weather, dry and partly cloudy. Mark Rayworth, aged 18, was standing in Powys Avenue, Townhill, and looking in the direction of Swansea city centre (south-east), when he saw a black triangular shaped object at a height of about 300 feet. 

It was travelling at a very fast speed, maybe 100 to 200 miles per hour, from over the city centre towards his location. It then veered sharply to its left towards the direction of Mumbles, disappearing into clouds. He stated there was no sound, and no trail left behind. The triangle had a white light on each corner of its underside. He could not estimate its size. He saw it for only a brief few seconds. He stated that he did not believe the object was of this planet.

Source: SUFON Files - witness interviewed by Steve Drewson, 17th March 2016.



PRESS
Monday 22nd November, 17:35
Pontllanfraith

Bright lights seen moving erratically in the sky above Pontllanfraith Civic Centre. The South Wales Argus of November 26th reported:

Roy Lewis, of Pentwynmawr, was driving past in his car when he spotted two lights in the sky about half a mile above the council offices at 5:35pm on Monday. He stopped and watched what he believed to be a flying saucer flying away.

He said: "It seemed to be hopping, travelling about 500 metres each hop and flashing like a star. But there was no sound, so I don't think it can have been a helicopter or a plane. It was just so stunning to watch and so bright. It was something out of the ordinary, but I don't know what."

Victoria Davies, who was in the car with him, said: "I have never seen anything like it - it was so odd. The speed it travelled was incredible, yet it was so quiet."

South Wales Argus 26/11/1993



MOD FILES
December 21st, 00:45
Maindee, Newport

Witness and her boyfriend were in a bedroom in Maindee, Newport, when they saw a UFO in the clear night sky through the window. The object was huge, some 100 foot across, and consisted of large circles of light. There were 4-5 rings, two spinning in one direction, the others in the opposite direction. The outer rings were dimmer than the others, though all lights were steady. 

The object was surrounded by mist and moved slowly across the sky then as object became more distant the lights turned into lines then disappeared. Witnesses noted no unusual sounds or smells. The sighting lasted 15 minutes and was reported to the police.  

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Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Hits of 2013

What I'm Listening To

My top ten favourite tracks of 2013.



Thrift Shop - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Released in 2012, Thrift Shop topped the UK charts in February 2013. It's the theme song of cheapskates the world over! :)




Bella Vita - DJ Antoine

I don't know why DJ Antoine isn't better known in the UK, he's like the king of commercial dance. Bella Vita is one of my faves and reached #1 in Switzerland and Slovakia, as well as top 20 in Germany and Austria.




Gentleman - Psy

Psy's follow up to Gangnam Style was another huge helping of absurd catchiness!




Young and Beautiful - Lana Del Ray

I love this track, it's kind of timeless in its haunting quality and proved a perfect fit for the Great Gatsby soundtrack.




Bang Bang - will.i.am

This was the track that first introduced me to electro swing. I am forever grateful!




A Little Party Never Killed Nobody - Fergie

I'm not saying I was a big fan of the 2013 Great Gatsby soundtrack but...




Crazy in Love - Emeli Sandé with The Bryan Ferry Orchestra

#NoRegrets. From here I found Postmodern Jukebox and a whole new reason to always have a YouTube tab open.




Wake Me Up - Avicii

This was a #1 for Avicii in 22 countries, shifting over 11 million copies worldwide.




Talk Dirty - Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz

Jason Derulo really knocked it out of the park with this one, and also paved the way for the awesome Cody Carson cover a few months later.




Pompeii - Bastille

This is a song I can listen to over and over again, it's just beautifully put together.




What was your favourite hit of 2013? Let me know in the comments. :)



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Monday, 12 April 2021

Boy George Dolls

Boy George

Boy George is a British pop star who made it big in the early 1980s as the lead singer of Culture Club. LJN Toys Ltd. produced a lookalike fashion doll in 1984.



Boy George Doll

★ Boy George - box front / box back.

The doll stands 12 inches tall (compared to the 10" prototype), has a twistable waist and bendable knees, and wears a replica of the Colour By Numbers outfit. It came with a blue plastic microphone and a yellow plastic doll stand. The Celebrity Doll Museum has lots of great close up shots, and Boy George Fever has lots of info on fan made costumes, etc.

Apparently LJN originally planned to release a set of four accompanying fashion packs in 1985, but poor sales meant they never made it into production. 



Boy George Rag Doll

LJN also produced two rather creepy looking Boy George rag dolls, one with brown hair and one with red hair, and also a Boy George Snoopy plush which was sold at Macys. (Click here to see the Toy Fair prototype.)



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